Market at Pontoise (c.1880 – c.1882) by Camille Pissarro

Market at Pontoise - Camille Pissarro - c.1880 - c.1882

Artwork Information

TitleMarket at Pontoise
ArtistCamille Pissarro
Datec.1880 - c.1882
Dimensions62 x 46 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Market at Pontoise

The artwork titled “Market at Pontoise” was created by Camille Pissarro around 1880 to 1882. This piece reflects the Impressionism art movement and is executed in tempera on a medium measuring 62 x 46 cm. It is classified as a genre painting and is currently held within a private collection.

The artwork captures a lively scene of a market with figures engaging in what appears to be a buying or selling interaction. The focus is on several individuals, attired in clothing that is representative of the period, with patterns and colors that provide a sense of their daily attire. One can discern the varying textures and the play of light and shadow, which characterize Pissarro’s technique. Figures seem to converse or negotiate, suggesting the dynamism of market activities.

The brushstrokes are applied in a manner that creates a sense of movement and vibrancy typical of the Impressionist style. The composition is balanced, with human figures occupying the foreground, conveying an immediacy to the viewer. The background is less detailed, directing the viewer’s attention to the main subject of the painting—the interaction between the market visitors. The loose brushwork and the depiction of everyday life are hallmarks of Impressionism and Pissarro’s oeuvre, aiming to capture the essence of the moment rather than the minute detail.

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